The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is launching a new association for healthcare executives that are focused on information security.
CHIME says that the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) will represent chief security officers (CSO) in healthcare, providing educational resources for them. It is the first geared toward healthcare CSOs, CHIME says, in an increasingly difficult atmosphere for hospitals to safeguard protected health information (PHI).
“As patient data breaches and cyber security threats continue to rise, there has never been a greater need for accomplished and skilled professionals to safeguard our industry’s most sensitive information,” CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, said in a statement. “The CHIME Board recognized our industry’s void in supporting the professional development and peer-to-peer needs of CSOs, and that educational resources for key members of the CIO’s executive team were lacking.”
AEHIS will have separate membership under the umbrella of CHIME. Interested CSOs that apply and are accepted before Dec. 31, 2014 will be recognized as AEHIS founding members and receive a one-year complimentary membership.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.